Hotel Scheldezicht

Sint Jansvliet 12, Antwerp, Antwerpen, 2000, Belgium
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Wonderful integrated public transportation system

by monarca736

I lived in Antwerp for six months in 1972 and public transportation was good enough but there was not an underway system yet. After my stay studying pcm systems at Bell Telephone I visited several european cities. Eleven years later I visited Milan for three months and found there was a very interesting public transportation system where tickets had a fix time limit after the initial trip. Time duration was 75 minutes and you could take any trip in any system while ticket was alive, with the exception of metro where just one trip was allowed. The ticket was marked just one time in the very initial trip and in case time duration was completed while in transit, you were obliged to mark a new ticket. Bus or tram drivers didn't care about this problem and they were not allowed to sell tickets. You had to by them at the metro stations or newspaper stands. This obligation was checked by inspectors visits to the buses and they were very strict with cheaters, keeping their Id card and giving a date ticket for a trial or the payment of ten times the amount of the ticket.

Being both systems so similar, would like to know if there is certain relation with the italian organization.

Re: Wonderful integrated public transportation system

by qaminari

There is no reason why there would be, many cities have developed something similar. When I lived in Geneva more than 30 years ago they already had this system (ticket valid for 60 minutes travel, had to be bought from machine or newsagent in advance of travel) and it is common in Italian cities, large and small (e.g. Brescia).
The system in Brussels is similar, although you can still at the moment - pending installation of more ticket machines at bus and tram stops - buy individual tickets from the driver: but these cost more (€2 instead of €1.50), to persuade people to buy them in advance so that a) the driver doesn't waste time selling tickets and b) there is less money on board to make them a target for petty criminals.

Re: Wonderful integrated public transportation system

by Claude2255

This system is quite common also in Germany.

Travel Tips for Antwerp

Visit a VT meeting

by tompt

Everyone should once in his life visit a VT meeting in Antwerp! Not only is it nice to see your VT friends, and make new VT friends, but also Antwerp is the place to party.

See the travelogues for the story!

Face off

by Sinjoor

In a side street off main shopping area Meir, the "Eikenstraat" (Oak Street) the gable of a school is adorned with a rather remarkable work of art. It is only 100 yards or so into the street and in my opinion well worth taking a look at.


by Helga67

This square is located at the end of the shopping street 'Meir' and is a good starting place for your visit to the 'old town'. It's a big square, which offers a magnificent view of the cathedral of Antwerp. One side of the square is almost entirely dominated by the Hilton Hotel, on the other sides, you'll find a lot of pubs and restaurants.
When the sun shines, a lot of Antwerp people are passing their free time outside on the terraces of the pubs, enjoying a drink and looking at the people (mostly tourists) passing by.


by Norali

Facadisme is a trend that involves keeping facades of those pieces of jewelry and completely reshuffling interior design, materials and configuration. The aim was to make them fit to our contemporary way of living.

The idea came from a good initiative to save historical buildings, rather than tear everything down and completely forget about the past. The trend had spread through Europe for years.

But, in European cities, voices were raised on that not every "old" buildings were saved. One of issues was then on the definition of buildings that were "worth preserving".

According to those con's, by doing this, facadisme pro's would even disturb order since they would keep a multi-centennial building but without any context of the past since most of surrounding houses and other landmarks will disappear. Thus, the preserved building will keep its facade but none would ever know about genuine atmosphere, uses and customs in the quarter...

Other con's also: while completely reshuffling interior design, material and configuration, one is said to extract the soul of a building.

Thus, some con's would be in favour of tearing down everything in order to build new ones...

In addition to that, restoring and preserving cost a lot so authorities may be tempted to demolish and build...

So, you see, facadisme seems not to be the miracle solution. However, many buildings in Antwerp are preserved this way.

Personnally, I like seeing those houses of another epoch. Another solution maybe preserving a whole area around "interesting", "representative" buildings. This way, it would be a real trip back in murky depth of times... BUT, one has to find money for that... Preserved buildings... though many attempt to get rid off the past.

See my travelogue on Facadisme as well.

Visit the Hendrik Conscience...

by Ronald_T

Visit the Hendrik Conscience Square, where you find one of the most splendid buildings of the Counter Reformation period. This is the Saint Charles Borromeo’s Church; build in 1614 – 1621 on the lines of Desu and Agnese Church in Rome. The interior decoration with galleries and chapels on the first floor is unique in the country.

See for more pictures and info in my Hendrik Conscience Square travelogue please…


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